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Posted - 03/20/2017 :  10:17:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit engineerkyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi all,

I want to inventory 54 cars. The guy who built them did a beautiful job detailing. However, because he must have started with un-decorated kits, I am having a hard time identifying the manufacturer of the models, as they are all so original.

I thought they were Intermountain/Red Caboose, but then at least one looked like Accurail. When it comes time to photograph each one, could Louis or somebody help me identify them?

Are any "foobies"?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks, Kyle

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Glen Haasdyk

Posted - 04/15/2017 :  12:14:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judging from your one picture you might have some Tichy USRA boxcars in there as well. Some of the metal roofwalks might be kadee or Plano add-ons depending on if they are metal or not. Sometimes the underside will give you clues if the car wasn't modified.
Accrual cars are fairly easily identified as they don't have separate grabs or ladders.

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Posted - 04/15/2017 :  07:34:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'd take a look too. My freight car fleet is mostly 'Green Dot', so I built many of the high-end injection-molded kits available between 1995 and 2010.

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 04/15/2017 :  1:48:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

As Glen wrote, the undersides are often distinctive. A basic spotting feature for the body is whether grabs are molded on or not. Manufacturers had various ways for attaching the doors.


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Engine Wiper

Posted - 04/15/2017 :  2:08:59 PM  Show Profile  Send cajon a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Just ID them using the builder's name + "possible" original maker's name if you learn it.

Andy Jackson
Santa Fe Springs CA
LAJ/ATSF Modeler

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